Jon Stewart’s embarrassment of credibility

I’ve previously expressed my admiration of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – so much so that, when Channel 4 announced that it would no longer show the satirical comedy show on its digital channel More4, I subscribed to receive episodes via iTunes.

What has always impressed is how he is willing to defend himself from the attacks that come at him, predominantly from the right wing of the US media – because that’s where he finds most of his material.

This weekend, he appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, fulfilling an agreement they made when Wallace was on the Daily Show. He starts off amused, then bemused, at some points seems to get angry, all the while making Wallace’s position seem all the more sneering and smug.

The killer quote for me:

The embarrassment is that I’m given credibility in this world because of the disappointment that the public has in what the news media does.

He also raises the point that a University of Maryland study found that Fox News viewers were more likely to be consisently misinformed than consumers of other news media.

The interview in full:

Author: Scott Matthewman

Formerly Online Editor and Digital Project Manager for The Stage, creator of the award-winning The Gay Vote politics blog, now a full-time software developer specialising in Ruby, Objective-C and Swift, as well as a part-time critic for Musical Theatre Review, The Reviews Hub and others.